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Insecurity: Tension mounts as politicians ‘hijack’ Abuja – Kaduna trains

September 7, 2019 Editor 0

The increasing cases of violent crimes like kidnapping and armed robbery on the Kaduna-Abuja high way has forced many passengers, who formerly plied the route by road to embrace the Abuja-Kaduna trains. Tension is, however, at fever pitch over the allegation that politicians and other influential members of the society, most of who reside in Abuja, have hijacked the trains. Read More

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Picture: ‘Hell’ experience as Nigeria railway officials subject passengers to scramble for train tickets in Kaduna, Abuja

August 31, 2019 Editor 0

As killings and Kidnapping continue on Abuja- Kaduna highway, travelers have since resorted to using rail as the last and only means of transportation to and fro Kaduna-Abuja route. Surprisingly, all members and class of society use the train for safety of their lives. The Abuja – Kaduna railway operates four times daily – 7 am, 10 am, 2 pm Read More

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Breaking: 3 reported dead, ABU students, many others abducted as kidnappers resume onslaught along Kaduna-Abuja highway

August 28, 2019 Editor 0

Blueprint understands that kidnapper along Kaduna-Abuja highway have retuned. Reports say about seven persons, including three final year law students of the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, one male and two female as well as four other, were kidnapped along the dreaded highway on Monday in what is again another spike in the activities of kidnappers after few day lulls.  Unconfirmed Read More

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Updated – Kaduna-Abuja road block: Police orders probe, commences disciplinary action against killer cop, traffic flows again

August 10, 2019 Editor 0

Kaduna state police command said it has commenced investigations into the alleged killing of a commercial bus driver by a police inspector leading to the blockage of Kaduna – Abuja highway by fellow drivers on Friday. The Kaduna state Commissioner of Police, Ali Janga, has also ordered that a disciplinary proceedings be immediately instituted against the police inspector that allegedly Read More

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Breaking: Police nab suspected kidnapper of UBEC Chairman, daughter

April 30, 2019 Editor 0

The Nigeria Police has apprehended one of the suspected kidnappers of the Chairman of UBEC, Dr Mohammed Abubakar, and his daughter, Yesmin Mohammed. Mr Mohammed and daughter who were kidnapped Monday along the Abuja-Kaduna highway have since been released and undergoing medical investigations in an undisclosed hospital. Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, in a statement Tuesday evening, said one Read More

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Senator decries kidnap of UBEC Boss as Police

April 30, 2019 Editor 0

Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna Central has described the kidnap of the Chairman of Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Mohammad Abubakar and his daughter by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers along the Kaduna-Abuja highway as tragic and unfortunate. The gunmen who were dressed in military uniform intercepted two vehicles including a sports utility vehicle belonging to the UBEC chairman around Read More

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I remember Uncle Suberu

April 27, 2019 Editor 0

When I got an invitation to be in Kaduna for a very important assignment mid last week, my heart suddenly leaped into my mouth. I did not like the timing of the invitation at all. Travelling from Abuja to Kaduna in the past couple of months could be likened to venturing into a wildlife park swarming with dangerous animals. The Read More

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Shi’ites protest in Kaduna as El-Zakzaky appears in court

May 16, 2018 Blueprint 0

Ahmadu Bello Way, Kaduna was yesterday taken over by Shiites Muslim youths, who protested the incarceration of their leader, Sheikh El-zakzaky and wife, causing tension in the city. Yesterday’s protest occurred around 11am with obstructions to traffic within the Central Market area where the protesters were seen with placards chanting various songs and carrying sticks and leafs. Our correspondent, who Read More

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APC ward congresses: Disruptions, violence and bumpy road to 2019

May 9, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The carry-overs of protracted internal wrangling plaguing the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), in virtually all the states of the federation, resonated last week during the party’s ward congresses held across the nation. KEHINDE OSASONA and TAYE ODEWALE x-ray the exercise Apart from the fact that elections remained inconclusive in many states, it was characterized by violence, killings, Read More

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Ganduje commends FG on N4.7bn road project

May 5, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has described the recent approval by the federal government for the construction of theSumaila-Falali-Birnin BakoBauchi road at the cost N4.57 billionas a signifi cant step towards adding value to the commercial status of the state. The Federal Executive Council had on April 25 this year approved the project, as announced by the Minster Read More

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The road to Ebira unity and emancipation

May 3, 2018 Blueprint 0

Amid increasing challenges to socio-economic and political developments across Nigeria, the Ebira Peoples Association (EPA) penultimate Thursday marshaled the roadmap for the emancipation of the people, using an interface of the ‘who-iswho’ in Ebiraland, as captured by AGI ONDA For the Ebira people, a homogenous stock occupying the Kogi Central senatorial district, the grace of God is the vortex that Read More

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Infrastructure deficit: Plight of civil servants in Abuja

April 17, 2018 Editorial IV 0

The legendry Fela Anikulapo aptly captured the daily predicaments of the average Nigerian workers in his epic song, ‘Suffering and Smiling’. Many years after the release of the prophetic record, Nigerians’ plight has not improved, rather, as DONALD IORCHIR observes in this piece, their pitiable conditions get worse with deterioration of infrastructure in the nation’s capital city Exorbitant rent For Read More

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KADUNA APC CRISIS DEEPENS: El-Rufai demolishes another party chieftain’s house

February 21, 2018 Blueprint 0

-‘Structure violates building code’ -Nemesis awaits you, Hunkuyi tells gov -We’re not involved – Army By AbdulRaheem Aodu, Kaduna, Ezrel Tabiowo and Musa Umar Bologi, Abuja Barely eleven months after the governing All Progressives Congress in Kaduna state demolished the house of the party’s National Vice Chairman, North-west, Inuwa Abdulkadir, another party chieftain, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, has suffered same fate. Read More

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Makama elected Kaduna APC volunteer group chair

February 14, 2018 Editorial IV 0

Abuja The All Progressives Congress (APC) Volunteer Group Kaduna State chapter has elected Alhaji Abdurrazak Sambo Makama as its new chairman. The election, which was held at El-Rufai Campaign Office along Isa Kaita Road, Kaduna, was attended by members of the volunteer group in the State. Speaking shortly after his election, the new chairman, Makama, promised to put in his Read More

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Mega rally: NLC, TUC shutdown Kaduna

January 12, 2018 Blueprint 0

Thousands of Nigerian workers led by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) President, Ayuba Wabba and Trade Union Congress (TUC) yesterday shutdown Kaduna metropolis to protest the sack of over 36,000 workers in the state. The mega rally, which included workers from the 36 states of the federation and FCT, Abuja, organised by the labour union started at the NLC office Read More

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Kaduna: Dry port to produce 5,000 jobs

January 5, 2018 Editorial IV 0

By David Agba Abuja Up to 5,000 new jobs may be created when the Inland Dry Port in Kakuri, Kaduna, comes on stream. The port has the capacity to handle 29,000 tonnes of cargoes yearly at the first phase of operation and will double when fully completed. “The Kaduna Dry Port which is the first of its kind in Nigeria Read More

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The bad state of Niger roads

December 21, 2017 Editorial IV 0

During my first visit to Niger State in 2008, I came back surprised, complaining, and asking questions. I was bitterly complaining about the dilapidated road leading up to the state capital Minna from Abuja. The road was the worst I’ve every travelled on. I was also asking questions because of the caliber of former leaders the state prides itself with Read More

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Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Road Contract: Buhari plods the road to glory

December 21, 2017 Editorial IV 0

By Garba Shehu The Federal Executive Council, FEC today, Wednesday approved the award of a N155.7 billion Naira contract for the construction of a hybrid two-lane-six-lane road network that starts from Abuja that cuts through the heart of Northern Nigeria: Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria to Kano. This road project comes at a time when the administration has increased the pace of the completion Read More

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Beating Kaduna-Abuja road kidnappers

October 14, 2017 Editorial IV 0

Owing to the prevalence of high profi le kidnapping in Nigeria in recent times, travellers, especially important personalities, have devised diff erent methods of evading abduction. SUNNY IDACHABA highlights these undercover tactics in this report. Recently, along the lonely Ajaokuta-Idah road in Kogi State, a Lexus Jeep was abandoned over-night in the middle of the road not too far away Read More

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Police parade 32 for kidnapping on AbujaKaduna road

August 2, 2017 Blueprint 0

By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna Police yesterday paraded 32 suspected kidnappers belonging to four separate gangs for their involvement in kidnapping along Abuja-Kaduna highway. The police attributed the arrest of the suspects to the launch of ‘Operation Absolute Sanity’ by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris, last week, to end the spate of kidnapping on the highway. The police Read More

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FEC okays N5.6bn for Apapa Wharf, Abuja-Kaduna roads

July 27, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Abdullahi M. Gulloma Abuja Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N4.131 billion for the Apapa Wharf road works, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, said yesterday. Addressing State House correspondents at the end of the weekly FEC meeting in Abuja, Fashola said the Council also approved N1.58 billion for the 165km Abuja-Kaduna stretch. He said the Read More

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Judge survives kidnap attempt on Abuja- Kaduna road

June 15, 2017 Blueprint 0

By Our Correspondent A top judicial officer with the FCT Judiciary, in company of another friend, on Tuesday survived kidnap and armed robbery attempt along Abuja – Kaduna road. The judicial officer, who does not want his name in print, told our reporter that the incident happened around 6.30pm near Jere, while returning from Kaduna where he had gone on Read More

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Insecurity/bad road: Abuja-Kaduna commuters outstretch train capacity

January 4, 2017 Blueprint 0

 VIPs ‘hustle’ for First Class       Passengers want more coaches By Abdulaziz Abdulaziz Abuja Poor road network, incessant cases of kidnapping and armed robbery along the Abuja-Kaduna road, have combined to make it unattractive to ply the ever-busy highway, giving rise to higher patronage of the Kaduna-Abuja rail line considered safer and more cost effective, Blueprint investigation has shown. The road, Read More